Ed Richards (born 1965/1966) is the Chief Executive of Ofcom, the independent regulator for the communications industry in the United Kingdom. His salary is £381,000 a year. 
Richards attended the Portsmouth Grammar School where he overlapped with Mel Stride who is now a Conservative MP for Central Devon. He graduated from the London School of Economics with an Economics degree.
Richards was previously a Senior Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and before that Controller of Corporate Strategy at the BBC. He has also worked in consulting at London Economics Ltd, and as an advisor to Gordon Brown.